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Prevention of Recurrent Urinary Tract Infections in Women
Baek-Nam Kim
Department of Internal Medicine, Inje University College of Medicine, Busan, Korea
Urinary tract infection (UTI) is one of the most common bacterial infections affecting women. One in four of these women will develop a recurrence. Recurrent UTIs are common among otherwise healthy women with anatomically and physiologically normal urinary tracts. These conditions have a significant effect on their quality of life and have a considerable economic impact due to health care costs. This article will review risk factors predisposing pre- and postmenopausal women to recurrent UTIs, and discuss antimicrobial prophylaxis and other non-antimicrobial preventive measures, including modification of behavioral factors, estrogen, and cranberry products.
Keywords : Urinary tract infections, Cystitis, Pyelonephritis, Prevention and control, Anti-bacterial agents, Antibiotic prophylaxis, Recurrence